AD79: Southeastern San Diego and its closest eastern suburbs

What are Assembly District Delegates?

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 self-identified females and 7 other than self-identified females from each Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The race is hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests.

Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.

You get 14 votes for delegates, 1 of which you must also vote for Executive Board Representative.

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Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Doors Open: 12:00pm
Candidate Speeches Begin: 12:30pm
Registration & Voting: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Johnson Elementary School
1355 Kelton Road
San Diego, CA 92114

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

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Your Progressive Candidates

Andrea Beth Damsky

President, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

Also vote for Andrea for e-board rep.

Katie Meyer

Chair, CYD Progressive Caucus

Richard Ram

Communications Director, San Diego County Democrats For Environmental Action

Dan Shook-Castillo

Educator/Community Organizer

Your Progressive Executive Board Candidate

Vote for Delegate AND Executive Board Rep.
Andrea Beth Damsky

President, San Diego Progressive Democratic Club

Detailed Information

Andrea Beth Damsky

Hello! I’m excited to announce my candidacy for Assembly District Delegate and Executive Board Representative. 

In 2017 I was fortunate to be appointed as a Delegate by my Assembly Member Dr. Shirley Weber, and later elected to fill an Executive Board vacancy in our San Diego County Democratic Party’s delegation to the California Democratic Party. I am running to continue representing AD-79 and our County Party.

Since 2017, I have been serving on the CDP’s Credentials Committee at our State Conventions and EBoard meetings.  We streamlined our registration process, and now provide a more foolproof system for verifying proxy voter eligibility on site.

I am a founding member and President of San Diego Progressive Democratic Club.  I also represent San Diego Democrats for Equality, as its Associate Member in our Central Committee’s East Area Caucus. I work to build bridges between segments of our Democratic community, and collaborate with Progressive and justice organizations across our communities and state.

I am a Commissioner on La Mesa’s Environmental Sustainability Commission. This year we  developed and approved our Climate Action Plan. We are now moving forward with studies for a Community Choice Aggregate/Energy program.

In my private health care practice, I offer acupuncture and nutrition services, to patients for whom nothing else has helped. I support Medicare for all.

My wife Randye and I are seniors, and have been married 10 years.  Randye is a Marine veteran and a union iron worker. She volunteers her time organizing conventions for women in the trades. 

I’m a lifelong Democrat, activist, volunteer, and staffer. I’m also former president of National Organization for Women’s Atlantic City, NJ chapter. 

If re-elected, I will work to improve the culture and morale of our party so it is safe for all members and staff. I will vote to endorse the best party leaders and electoral candidates. I will represent the needs of our diverse community when endorsing ballot measures. I will work to build our bench by encouraging people to run for local office, welcoming newcomers, and training campaign volunteers in 2019, so we are ready to support our candidates in 2020 and beyond.

I hope I can count on your vote, to continue this important work! Please also vote for all of the activists on our diverse slate.

Katie Meyer

Hi, I’m Katie Meyer, born and raised in Lemon Grove and running to be a Delegate in AD79 for the California Democratic Party.

I first became involved in politics when I was 17, interning for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2012. I stayed engaged through the California Young Democrats as the leader of the Mills College Fem Dems. While in college, I ran a winning mayoral campaign for the City of Lemon Grove and then graduated in 2017 (with my Bachelors in Public Policy).

I currently serve as the Chair of the CYD Progressive Caucus and the Vice President of the East Chapter of the San Diego Progressive Democratic Club.

I spent the past year and a half working to flip one of the most conservative districts in the state. Our efforts were successfully able to shift Congressional District 50 dramatically and organize thousands of volunteers (of which many of whom were never politically active before), register voters, and build the pipeline for many volunteers to stay involved in the political process between cycles.

Too often, while in politics, I have been the only young person in the room, the only woman in the room, or the only LGBT person in the room. It is incredibly easy to get discouraged and to become disengaged. As a Delegate to the party, I want to use my experience and enthusiasm as an organizer to engage more people in the political process as well as work on issue based activism. Long term investments in training leaders to be able to run for office and know how to organize will produce wins up and down the ballot.

I want to see California to lead unapologetically on our progressive values and to support single payer healthcare, tuition free college, anti sexual harassment protection for all workers, criminal justice reform, preventing the worst effects of climate change, strengthening unions, living wages, and for getting money out of politics. We also must fight for racial, economic and social justice, for women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, for comprehensive immigration reform and the protection of undocumented immigrants.

Richard Ram

I’ve lived in San Diego for the past 25 years, and since 2015 have gotten more involved in local Democratic politics through San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, serving as Communications Director since 2016. My outreach has been critical for the growth of our club and the successes of our endorsed Democratic candidates and ballot measures on election day, and I’ve been proud to step up and be part of the change we are seeing. I’m a husband, father, homeowner, SDSU grad, public servant, union member, arts supporter, human rights advocate, and animal lover who will fight for a more transparent and grassroots-activated California Democratic Party that will allow all voices to be heard, and provide the political vision and backbone to lead this great state–not only in defeating the Trump agenda—but in enacting important reforms for a fair and equitable society and a sustainable, modernized 21st century economy that provides educational and vocational opportunities for all. I would be honored to earn your vote and represent the 79th Assembly District at our party convention.

Dan Shook-Castillo

Educator/Community Organizer

I will focus on holding our endorsed candidates accountable for their campaign contribution sources, as well as advocating for evidence-based solutions to increasing mental healthcare access.